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Strategies to Increase Online Student Success for Students with Disabilities

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Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks Volume 17, Number 3, ISSN 1939-5256


Online learning provides extensive opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enroll in degree and certificate programs. However, accessibility must be central to online course development since this can have a profound effect on student engagement, academic performance, and completion rates. This article provides a unique perspective on accessibility in online learning. One current online student and three alumni of online programs provide video self-introductions, an overview of their online experience, and strategies for increasing student success in online courses and programs for students with disabilities. Strategies are also shared for integrating accessibility as a critical component into faculty development to ensure accessibility goes beyond the office of disability services and becomes an integral part of online teaching, learning, and assessment.


Betts, K., Cohen, A.H., Veit, D.P., Alphin, H.C., Broadus, C. & Allen, D. (2013). Strategies to Increase Online Student Success for Students with Disabilities. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17(3), 49-64. Retrieved July 24, 2019 from .

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